It was all happening at Dazhi Riverside in Taipei this morning ~ the final day of 3 days of Dragon Boat Competitions! The sun was out, the weather was warm, and everyone was rowing hard!
In good weather, and with plenty of time, the best way for me to get to Dazhi Riverside from here is by U-bike from Tamsui, and so off I set! Before 7:00 am too, while the weather was still cooler. It took maybe 90 minutes of slow riding, enjoying the scenery…
First stop though was the graffiti wall along by the riverside near to the Grand Hotel. The pictures are renewed often, so it’s worth checking out often! There’s at least 50 works of art there. These are my favourites….
And then to the dragon boat races, and after 30 minutes there – I sped off along the river in the sunshine, past the end of the Songshan Airport towards Nangang….
And so into Taipei City itself… not much traffic as it’s a holiday.
But trying to find Taipei 101 when you’re down on the streets is really hard! Ah here it is!
Y’know, from Taipei 101 looking down, the Double Helix Building is quite amazing. But from ground level looking up, it is kinda bizarre. Looks like it’s going to topple over any minute!
While the rest of Taipei was clearly on holiday today, the Double Helix building was full of workers drilling and welding and doing things that builders do….
And next stop was Treasure Hill Artist Village on the other riverside at Gongguan…
By then it was midday, and the clouds were coming in, and starting to drizzle. Drizzle drizzle, and so off I sped, back to Tamsui. Got back to Tamsui soon after 2:00 pm. Then on a packed bus home. Tonight in Tamsui is the very big parade of the deities from all the temples – taking them all round the town in a huge long procession, while people make offerings and ask the gods for their blessings. Pray for Tamsui. It’s the highlight of the year for many people. Sanzhi’s turn is on Thursday….
Yes, over 7 hours on a U-bike. Ah, such a great way to travel! Especially after 2 days of climbing mountains at Yang-Ming Shan. Now stiff all over! How on earth do so many people manage to cycle over 900 km all round Taiwan in 9 days? Amazing. One day is enough for me for a while!
So Happy Dragon Boat Festival to you all!